Mesaharaty Tradition: A Cultural Wake-Up Call

Baghdad – (iina) The sun is about to rise, and Muslims too. The call of Suhoor time is echoing on every street of the neighborhood. A loud voice and beating of a drum awaken the neighbours abrubptly, urging them to peek out from their door, still in their night gown. There he is, the Mesaharaty.

Mesaharaties waking up the neighborhood with the sound of the drums and chants.

Aa part of an old Arab tradition, the Mesaharaty consists of an individual walking up and down the streets as a night caller for the people of Baghdad to wake up for Suhoor. The night caller chants verses and sings traditional songs while drumming loudly for a sharp and effective alarm. The Mesaharaty usually wears traditional clothing, especially a distinctive tarboush, which is a short red hat.

People peeking out from their home to watch the night callers.

Although there are many advanced technologies that help people to wake up, certain areas put effort in preserving this tradition that is known in the Middle East and North Africa. Especially in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen.

Children in their pyjamas join the Mesaharaties on the street of their neighborhood.

This tradition serves as an important reminder for the sense of community and spirituality of Ramadan, creating a joyful and pure atmosphere for the families fasting.

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